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Scientists have calculated the price of happiness

September 7 2010
17:15

218670.jpeg American scientists from Princeton University have found out how much money do I need a man for happiness.

It turned out to achieve full satisfaction from life, you need to earn 75,000 dollars a year, which amounts to 6,250 dollars a month, or about 190 thousand rubles. In this case, the excess of the threshold income is no longer adds happiness, and more positive experiences of wealthy people relate purely to their personal characteristics.

The researchers analyzed data from 450,000 Americans who gathered daily Institute of Public Opinion behalf of Gallup. This organization carries out every day thousands of telephone interviews with randomly selected residents of the United States, with which ascertains whether they are satisfied with their lives.

Based on the responses received, scientists have studied the two key parameters - the degree of quality of life and the degree of everyday emotional happiness. The first parameter specifies the level of comfort, which is surrounded by everyday human life, and which respondents were asked to identify on a ten-point scale.

Submission of the second parameter was formed on the basis of statements of Americans about their experiences of positive and negative emotions over the past day. Thus, according to information received, the average score of quality of life of Americans is 6.76 out of ten.

On average, 85 percent of state residents involved in the study reported that every day they have a lot of positive emotions, some of which can be called a moment of happiness. At the same feelings of sadness and constant worry were characterized by 24 per cent of respondents.

In addition, researchers found that the lower annual income, the less people tend to experience moments of happiness in everyday reality, the more often it overpowers the sadness and the more he is likely to be depressed. Poverty also increases the emotional pain from the various ills of life, in particular, serious illness, divorce, loneliness and the accident.

To the extent that, as income rises, a person's ability to experience happy feelings is steadily growing. However, this happens only to the level of income about 75 thousand dollars a year. Exceeding this milestone is, of course, makes the existence more comfortable and increases the level of satisfaction, but emotionally satisfying life in this case is already beginning to depend on other factors, such as random occurrence, or the temperament of the person.

Ekatherina Svetkina

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